Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Labor of Love

Hmmm. Labor of love. I'm not sure I really like that expression. It seems to me that when someone says "it's a labor of love", it's just a way to rationalize something they pour time, energy, and a boatload of money into with very little return. Old car projects, Vegas, the Dallas Cowboys, and yes, even fishing. So I decided my next project would not be like that...even though I have already poured time, energy, and a boatload of money into it. This time will be different. (rolling eyes) Yeah right.
 I have been fly tying for many years and have just recently re-energized my passion for it.  The only problem I seem to be having is i'm growing tired of tying the same old flies. The old faithfuls...clousers and buggers. I fish for bass, and they produce with a consistency that would rival any top dollar manufactured lure, just on a smaller scale. I can destroy half a dozen of these weapons of mass casting on any given afternoon on the river, Not just from trees either, but from the fish tearing them up. So why in the world would I want to stray from such time-tested bass catching machines? Well, I kinda get bored pretty quick. I love a challenge. I love to twerk my creative side. (not sure that came out right). So I wanted to do something different that I haven't done before.

Poppers.

Yes, poppers.

 To be able to create something from foam, feathers, and paint sounded like an adventure I was willing to try. And so it has begun....

 The cost really isn't that bad. I decided to start off with the Perfect Poppers from Wapsi. I tried out the soft and hard foam,  pencil and regular.

This was drying time for the glue I started the process with.

 As long as I have the mental stamina to understand that this is a process that takes time, i'll be good to go. I usually only have a few hours in the evening to work on them, so each night has it's own step. Glue together, fill gap, sand and seal, paint, epoxy, tie on materials, epoxy. That's a lot for a fly. That's why i'm going in bulk for the first stages and spend more time on the paint.

Adding sealant.
Drying time.
 The night has come to paint. I've never done this before, so it was slow going. I decided on the Copic Air Brush System to do the job. I thought it would be easier and cleaner since my workspace is in the kitchen or living room. There is a learning curve, but they are a great product and a very handy tool to have.

Baby bass half way to the finish line.

 This first one was my guinea pig. Lots of trial and error, well, more error than trial. I realized the soft foam doesn't care for the sealer I used after these photos were taken. It made the colors run together and darken it pretty bad. Not to mention how much it soaked up. I think the hard foam will be a lot easier for painting.

Different angle. The glare was killing me. The blacks are much darker.

Not too bad for my first try. Next step is epoxy. Then i'll get started on all the rest. I'm excited about my new adventure. I'm having a blast so far.

Would it be cheaper to buy one at the store? -Probably. 

Can I buy gratification and a feeling of accomplishment at the store as well? -Not a chance.

Is this really cost effective? -who cares, it's my labor of love. :)

Thanks for coming along,
Scott


*shot with Nikon D7000

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